Deborah Hernandez is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Certified Color Specialist in the School of Art and Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Professor Hernandez has been teaching at FIT since 1997. Deborah’s expertise is as a custom luxury carpet designer and rug production specialist with over 28 years of industry experience. Presently she is working on specialty handmade rugs with sustainability and natural dyes at the forefront of development. Additionally, she is a painter and a writer currently working on her first book drawn upon her experience as a carpet designer.
She received her BFA in Illustration with a Minor in Textile Surface Design, and her AAS in Fine Arts from The Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY.
Robert Salerno is an experienced C-level retail executive and board member, He has held senior management positions in the luxury wholesale and retail companies in apparel, accessories, and home furnishings segments. He has also served and advised retail company public boards and various groups investing in retailing.
At FIT, Robert is the Program Facilitator for the Omni Channel Retail and Data Analytics C.P.S. Certificate Programs and is an Adjunct Professor in the Fashion Business Management Department. He is on the Board of the (RMS) Retail Marketing Society. He earned his B.S. from Clarkson University and M.B.A. from Cornell.
Dalia Strum is an Educator at the Fashion Institute of Technology with a focus on all things marketing. She’s the Founder of RethinkConnect, an Experiential Marketing Agency and Co-Host of OneQuestionXYZ podcast, which focuses on Sales + Marketing Strategies.